The Russian mercenary group Wagnermust leave Poland immediately, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said after a meeting with the Interior Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Ihlas News Agency reported.
Estonian Interior Minister Lauri Laanemets, Latvian Interior Minister Maris Kucinskis, and Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite met with Polish Minister of Internal Affairs and Administrative Management Mariusz Kaminski in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. After the two-and-a-half-hour meeting where the situation on the border with Belarus was discussed, the Polish Interior Minister made statements to the press.
He said that both Poland and the neighboring countries had been facing increasing migration pressure on the border with Belarusfor months and that this was now being compounded by the deployment of thousands of Wagner's mercenaries on the border.
"Two things are necessary to stabilize the situation on our border with Belarus. We demand from the Lukashenko regime that the Wagner Group immediately leave the territory of Belarus and that the illegal migrants who have been massed on the border by Belarusian officials immediately leave the borderline," Kaminski said.
He added that if any critical incident occurs on the borders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, which border Belarus, all four countries will close their border gates with Belarus.
"All border crossings will be closed. We have developed a permanent consultation mechanism. The team we have created will monitor the situation at our borders around the clock and, if necessary, assess the situation and take the necessary measures." Kaminsky said that they were working on ways in which exiled Belarusian leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Belarusian dissidents could leave the country if the border crossings were closed.
Source: Ihlas News Agency